The police in Ogun State have arrested a 29-year-old herbalist, Baoku Gbuyi and a 27-year-old bricklayer, Olamide Odulaja, for allegedly killing one Mrs Modupeola Folorunsho and her son, Peter, for money ritual.
They were arrested following a report at the Ijebu Igbo division of the Nigeria Police Force by Modupeola’s husband on February 14, informing them of his missing wife and son.
He informed the police that his spouse and the 4-year-old son had left the house the previous day however were yet to return, and all efforts to find them have been fruitless.
The spokesman of the police in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Sunday informed newsmen in Abeokuta that following the report, detectives from Ijebu Igbo were detailed to commence an investigation, which ultimately led to the arrest of Odulaja in Ibadan.
“Upon interrogation, Odulaja confessed that he and one herbalist kidnapped the victim and her son on February 13, 2021, and killed them for money ritual. He stated the woman was killed in the house of the herbalist, who additionally burnt her head,” Oyeyemi stated.
He said the confession led detectives to the herbalist, who resides at Araromi Street, Japara, Ijebu Igbo.
Oyeyemi stated that when the detectives arrived at the herbalist’s residence, he had fled, having learnt of Odulaja’s arrest. He, however, stated the herbalist was eventually traced to Kajola village, the place he was arrested by the divisional police officer at Awa Ijebu, with the assistance of hunters and local vigilantes.
He said, “Upon interrogation, the herbalist confessed that it was Odulaja who approached him for money-making ritual, following which he requested him to bring a head of a human being as one of the materials to be used.
“He additional stated they each conspired to abduct the woman and her son and slaughter for that function. He confessed that he burnt the woman’s head with some herb materials, which he gave to Olamide to use. He additionally mentioned the remains of the little boy were dumped inside a pit latrine.’’
Oyeyemi stated the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Division for further action.